The Hagerman Group

When The Hagerman Group broke ground on Taylor University’s Greg and Mary Fran Euler Science Complex in May 2010, the Upland, Ind.-based university saw the project as a way to ensure it continues to have one of the “premier programs among Christian colleges and universities throughout the United States,” according to Dr. Mark Biermann, dean of Taylor’s School of Natural and Applied Sciences.

In fact, one of Taylor’s main goals for this project is for the building itself to be educational, explains Dave McMath, project manager with The Hagerman Group, the construction manager for the Euler Science Complex. Faculty and students are involved with a number of projects related to the new building, such as gathering data to verify the specifications for its wind turbines and placement of the solar panels.

Additionally, one of the buildings’ atriums will have a heliostat, designed by engineering students working along side faculty, that will track and direct the sunlight for use throughout the facility.

“The heliostat will track the sun and reflect the light down the atrium center, and then other reflective surfaces will reflect the light down interior corridors, which will increase the building’s use of natural light,” McMath explains. “We’ve been working with the faculty on how to support the heliostat, explaining how the system will interface with the building structure and architectural features. We’ve also been helping them coordinate the wind turbines and photovoltaic panels with the building utilities and overall project schedule.

“The building’s automation system also will be an educational tool, and will be used to help teach students who visit and attend the university,” he adds. “Our work with the faculty is very in-depth, and I’m glad Taylor has allowed us to engage the faculty in this project.”

‘A Great Start’

Close coordination with Taylor, the faculty and the rest of the project team has helped the construction of the Euler Science Complex remain on track, McMath says. When it is completed in summer 2012, the 137,000-square-foot structure will be the largest building on Taylor’s campus and will adjoin the existing 55,000-square-foot Nussbaum Science Center. In fact, constructing the four-story (lower level plus three stories above ground) laboratory and classroom structure within 50 feet of the occupied Nussbaum building has been the project’s largest challenge, McMath says.

“The work is progressing very well,” he says. “In 2010, we had a dry summer and fall, which gave us a great start. We had to push through a heavy winter and rainy spring, but we are still on schedule. The foundation and structure are completed, the skin is 40 percent completed, we are about 45 percent completed with the interior overhead rough-in and 40 percent completed with the interior wall framing and rough-in. Additionally, the major HVAC and electrical equipment has arrived.”

The university is aiming for LEED Silver certification of the Euler Science Complex, so The Hagerman Group is remaining mindful of that, as well. The company is coordinating the infrastructure for the two 50-kilowatt wind turbines and 10-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system, as well as the heliostat system. The complex’s atrium will have a reflective rooftop and the main part of the structure will have a green roof, which also will serve as an educational tool.

“Work on this project has been smooth,” McMath notes. “This summer, we will begin the minor renovation work in the existing structure so it will be completed when the students return in the fall. Taylor has been a great client to work for because they understand communication is important to the success of a project.

“On this project, the communication has been great – to and from the owner, architect The Troyer Group of Mishawaka, Ind., mechanical and electrical engineer Vector Consulting of Indianapolis, and us – and that helps to move through a project successfully.”

Clearly Defined

The Indiana-based The Hagerman Group has successfully worked on a number of university projects throughout its home state, including construction of the University of Notre Dame’s Stepan Chemistry Hall and the $70 million Jordan Hall of Science. These projects were successful for the company, McMath says, because The Hagerman Group works extensively on the subcontractors’ scope of work prior to bid.

“This helps clearly define the work to be done by each subcontractor, thus providing an accurate cost estimate at bid time,” he says. “The Hagerman Group also feels that subcontractor involvement in the creation of the overall project schedule is the key to a successful project, as the subcontractors have great ways to help expedite projects.

“By involving all team members in the overall decision-making process, the team is stronger and the project is delivered to the owner on time and with-in budget. The Hagerman Group firmly believes that in every project, we  are not just building a building, we are building a client for life.”

This requires quality work, he says, and The Hagerman Group delivers this by “eliminating discouragement by lifting up each worker and their strengths.” The Hagerman Group’s key partners include C.L. Schust Co.

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